Praise be to the Wisconsin Supper Club! Where a juicy steak or Friday night fish fry await and the (brandy) Old Fashioned is king! Lawrence Frank, a Milwaukee native, is credited with opening the first supper club in California in the 1930s, and while they reached their peak popularity in the 1950s, these beloved institutions continue to thrive here in Wisconsin. While our state is home to hundreds of supper clubs, people from all across the country voted in Travel Wisconsin’s Supper Club Showdown to determine the top 10. And while the genuine warmth and hospitality, plus a few key menu items (think juicy steaks and tender prime rib) may be found at most supper clubs, each has its own unique flair that makes these dining destinations well worth a visit!
Ishnala Supper Club – Lake Delton: Voted the #1 supper club in Wisconsin, Ishnala Supper Club is just a quick drive outside of downtown Wisconsin Dells. Located within Mirror Lake State Park, guests can enjoy stunning views of the lake from one of Ishnala’s outdoor decks or floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining room.
DW Crew Tip: Kill some time waiting for a table with one of Ishnala’s famous Old Fashioneds.
Pinewood Supper Club – Mosinee: Coming in at #2 in the supper club showdown, Pinewood Supper Club boasts beautiful views of Half Moon Lake from inside or out. Stroll the grounds with a drink in hand or cozy up next to the original stone fireplace.
DW Crew Tip: Try the walleye – a well-established, local favorite.
Lehman’s Supper Club – Rice Lake: This fourth-generation, family-owned supper club is a favorite of locals and visitors alike! Known for an extensive menu filled with classic supper club dishes as well as a few original recipes from head chefs, Butch and Trudy Lehman.
DW Crew Tip: Sample the green pepper rings - a twist on the usual onion ring appetizer.
Chissy’s Pub and Grille – Waldo: Located halfway between Milwaukee and Green Bay, Chissy’s is named for its original owner, Harry E. ‘Chissy’ Chisolm. This local hot spot serves up a wide array of supper club favorites as well as pizza and even a Sunday brunch!
DW Crew Tip: Order a hand-muddled Old Fashioned – voted the best in Sheboygan County!
Schwarz’s Supper Club – New Holstein: A local favorite for over 50 years, Schwarz’s supper club is well known for their delicious, hand-cut steaks made with a secret seasoning blend. Plus, right next door is a cozy guesthouse perfect for a weekend getaway.
DW Crew Tip: Schwarz’s has mastered the classic, Wisconsin perch fish fry!
HOBNOB - Racine: Step into the HOBNOB and be transported back to the Golden Age of the supper club! Vibrant décor, an extensive wine list and a view of Lake Michigan await at this beloved establishment.
DW Crew Tip: Save room for dessert! You’re going to want to try one of the HOBNOB’s signature ice cream drinks.
Buckhorn Supper Club – Milton: With both indoor and outdoor seating available, visitors can take in gorgeous views of Lake Koshkonong no matter where they dine! Buckhorn is known for their specialty prime rib served every night of the week and sinfully delicious peanut butter pie.
DW Crew Tip: Check out one of Buckhorn’s summertime, lakeside lobster boils!
McGregor’s Blink Bonnie Supper Club – St. Germain: Located just a little ways down from Big Saint Germain Lake, McGregor’s Blink Bonnie Supper Club is cozy, Northwoods dining is at its finest.
DW Crew Tip: Indulge in one of McGregor’s gigantic steaks served hot and fresh on a sizzling platter.
The 5 O’Clock Club – Cumberland: Welcome aboard to this charming, nautical-themed supper club located on the shore of Granite Lake. Choose from a huge menu including everything from surf and turf to Asian stir-fry.
DW Crew Tip: Visit on Thursdays or Sundays during the summer for Music on the Deck!
Donny’s Glidden Lodge – Sturgeon Bay: Nestled in the heart of Door County and just down the road from Cave Point County Park, visitors to Donny’s Glidden Lodge will enjoy views of Lake Michigan and tasty Midwestern cuisine. Donny’s offers a different special every night of the week.
DW Crew Tip: Dine between 4-5 p.m. to take advantage of the Early Bird Specials!
Jennifer Ingish is a producer of Discover Wisconsin. Watch the show on Fox Sports Wisconsin every Saturday at 10am or on Roku, Chromecast, Smart TV, Amazon Fire, and Apple TV.